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March 20, 2011

AÑO NUEVO STATE PARK, CALIF.

Elephant seal breeding season

When, where: Through March, San Mateo County

Highlights: The world's largest breeding colony of elephant seals preserves its population as enormous males compete for females as pups are weaned amid the dunes.

Cost: $10 a vehicle; $7 for a naturalist-guided walk (free for ages 3 and younger); reservations required

Info: (800) 444-4445, http://parks.ca.gov

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

When, where: April 5-10, various venues

Highlights: The Great Arizona Picnic, the festival's signature event (April 9 and 10), features live music, a family zone and more than 50 vendors serving their specialties. Other events include parties, cooking demonstrations, luncheons and dinners.

Cost: Tickets prices from $10 to $200, depending on the event

Info: http://www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org

OAKLAND

Strictly Sail Pacific

When, where: April 14-17, Jack London Square

Highlights: Plunge into the seafaring arts with seminars, opportunities to hit the water, boats on display and the latest in equipment. There's something for all ages and all levels of expertise.

Cost: $12 to $40; free for ages 15 and younger

Info: http://www.strictlysailpacific.com

WHISTLER, CANADA

TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival

When, where: April 15-24, Whistler Blackcomb Resort, British Columbia

Highlights: End the ski season by attending this edgy festival dedicated to red-carpet events, film, fashion, concerts, parties and world-class winter sports.

Cost: Tickets $10-$35, depending on event

Info: http://www.wssf.com

CHICO, CALIF.

California Nut Festival

When, where: April 16, Patrick Ranch Museum

Highlights: This second annual showcase of Chico's agricultural bounty includes live music, an art show, nut-themed cooking demonstrations and tastes of locally produced food, wine and beer.

Cost: $25; proceeds benefit the Patrick Ranch Museum

Info: http://www.californianutfestival.com

— Avital Binshtock

travel@latimes.com

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